By SAMANTHA KINDRED and MIKE HERNANDEZ-NOESMANAssociated PressThe White House on Monday announced the administration will continue providing federal education assistance for public schools that are under federal receivership.
President Barack Obama has ordered the Department of Education to provide $1.3 billion in federal education aid for public school students under receivership and has directed the agency to make up the shortfall through a variety of other means.
The $1 billion includes $200 million for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, $200 billion for Head Start, $400 million for Head-Start and $250 million for Community Education Block Grants.
More than $3 billion will go to state and local governments for their own purposes.
It’s a relatively small amount compared with what the federal government has provided in the past, and will help fill a shortfall that has left schools struggling to meet the needs of millions of students across the country.
In addition to the federal aid, the administration has authorized $5 billion in additional aid for state governments and $10 billion in state grants for charter schools.
In the last year, the White House has provided more than $500 million in grants to help teachers improve the performance of students.
It has also set aside $1 million for a grant program to help students who attend a local charter school or who attend public schools.
Obama said the White Houses assistance to schools under receiverships will not reduce federal aid.
The Education Department has been reviewing the schools for more than two years and has found them to be in need of significant assistance, Obama said.
The department is not giving up on schools that it believes are in urgent need of help.
The administration has been consulting with states, district attorneys and charter school owners and their attorneys and educators, said spokeswoman Jessica Rich.
But, she added, the president believes that schools in these states are in dire need of assistance and that he will continue to direct the Department to assist them in the long term.
The White Houses budget request for fiscal year 2019, which begins on March 15, was $1,835 billion, about one-third of what the Obama administration had proposed.
The Trump administration, which has been more generous with its federal aid than Obama, has asked for $2.5 trillion for fiscal 2019.
The Trump administration has asked the Education Department to provide another $500 billion in aid to states, cities and towns.